City of Toronto extends cancellation of in-person major participatory events to Labour Day

To continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help provide predictability to major event organizers, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted outdoor events to September 6.

Today's announcement includes festivals and other large, in-person gatherings, held at outdoor sites managed by the City or other public locations, such as roads, parks and civic squares.

City of Toronto opens 5,000 new vaccination appointments as eligibility opens to those age 40 and older tomorrow

Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m., everyone ages 40 to 49 will be eligible to book a vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto immunization clinic. The new cohort joins those with at-risk health conditions and people who cannot work from home that are in Group Two of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, who became eligible to book appointments yesterday.

City of Toronto and partners increase vaccine access and uptake for vulnerable residents through community mobilization and engagement

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that recent initiatives by community and health partnerships have led to increased COVID-19 vaccine uptake in vulnerable communities across the city.

Programs developed under the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 Community Mobilization and Engagement Plan are part of the TO Supports: Targeted Equity Action Plan and include partnerships with Toronto Public Health, Ontario Health Teams and community agencies that serve populations most vulnerable in areas hardest hit by COVID-19.

City of Toronto continues with enforcement of provincial COVID-19 regulations through the spring and into the summer

The City of Toronto’s joint enforcement team – made up of officers from Municipal Licensing and Standards, Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Police Service – are continuing efforts to enforce the pandemic regulations including the provincial Stay-at-Home Order and Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.

Under the current provincial regulations, social gatherings and organized public events are not permitted, except with members of the same household and one person who lives alone. Most retail stores are closed for in-store shopping and restaurants are limited to take out, drive-through and delivery. These regulations are set by the Province of Ontario and are summarized in the City’s COVID-19: Guide for Residents. (Full provincial regulation Opens in new window.)

Toronto Public Health issues Section 22 Order to education providers limiting in-person attendances of school-aged children

Today, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa is issuing a Section 22 Order, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, as an additional measure to reduce community transmission. The relevant section of the act is available at

The Order defines how and when school-aged children can attend school premises or other educational settings. The Order applies to all persons and businesses providing education to school-aged children, regardless of whether or not they qualify as a school within the meaning of the Education Act.

Toronto City Council votes unanimously to support safety and accessibility by opting out of e-scooter pilot

Toronto City Council has unanimously voted to reinforce the City’s commitment to safety and accessibility for people, especially seniors and those living with disabilities, in Toronto by voting not to opt-in to the provincial e-scooter pilot.

Today’s decision by Council, which supports Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety plan and a recommendation from City staff, applies to both shared and privately-owned e-scooters and means that e-scooters will remain prohibited on public streets, bike lanes, sidewalks, pathways, trails and other public spaces.

Team Toronto vaccination Sprint Strategy getting results in 13 high priority postal codes, adding four more areas

Following a successful first two weeks rolling out the Toronto Sprint Strategy, the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners continue to prioritize postal code areas with high rates of COVID-19 for mobile and pop-up clinic vaccinations.

The Sprint Strategy targeted 13 postal code areas last week and tripled the number of per-week doses available to the prioritized communities. Over the course of the week, vaccine coverage of adults age 18 and older in the 13 areas moved from approximately 12 per cent to more than 35 per cent. In the M1G and M1J postal codes, coverage moved from approximately 14 per cent to almost 45 per cent for those age 18 and older, surpassing the city-wide 36 per cent coverage for people age 18 and older during this time.

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